After leaving the city tournament in 1999, the Rebels reached the county championship game against Franklin Central in 2004 and to Lawrence North in 2012.
The Rebels marched to their third appearance in the title game by defeating Ben Davis 72-63 Dec. 9, Beech Grove 51-42 Thursday and Franklin Central 64-42 Saturday morning to go against No. 2 Lawrence North in the title game that night at Ben Davis.
Roncalli (8-3) led undefeated Lawrence North 15-13 after the first quarter but fell behind by 11 at the half. Lindsey Corsaro tied it at 54, but the Wildcats prevailed in the final four minutes. Corsaro, a 5-10 junior, had a game-high 25 points, while teammate Halle Harris added 19.
Corsaro injured her left elbow in the first 2 1/2 minutes against against Ben Davis and left the game. She scored 32 points against Franklin Central (7-2).
Elsewhere, No. 6 Center Grove, which opened the season with eight straight wins, journeyed to unbeaten No. 1 Bedford North Lawrence, where the Trojans lost 46-33. Coach Shawn Sanders’ Trojans slowed the pace for a 4-4 first-quarter deadlock. BNL led 28-23 to end the third but outscored Center Grove by eight points in the final eight minutes.
Lauren Rau scored 19 points to lead the Trojans, who shot an ice-cold 1-of-9 3-point shots.
Upcoming games: Thursday, Ben Davis at Southport; Friday, Greenwood without injured guard Holly Hoopengarner at Franklin; and Saturday, Pike at Center Grove and Southport at Franklin Central.
Two girl-boy double-headers Friday find Brebeuf at Roncalli and Southwestern at Lutheran, games at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Cards boys snare impressive road win
A fan bus of 50 Southport students traveled to Bloomington South to watch the No. 2 Cardinals (3-0) score an impressive 66-61 win Friday night.
“We showed some resilience, and we had our crowd into it. We missed some free throws and let them hang around, but we got some late defensive stops,” Southport coach Kyle Simpson told Bob Lovell on “Indiana Sports Talk.” “It was a great team win.”
Paul Scruggs, 18 points and 11 rebounds, and 6-10 Joey Brunk, 17 points and 10 rebounds, led the Cardinals in the Conference Indiana matchup.
Center Grove dropped a hard-fought game Friday at Pike, 60-48, but recovered Saturday and upended visiting Martinsville 49-43.
CG (4-2) trailed 28-25 at halftime, but 6-4 senior Michael Benkert scored the Trojans’ first eight points of the third period to lead his team to a 19-2 run and a 44-30 lead. Martinsville closed to 47-43, but Anderson McCoy hit CG’s only two free throws of the game for the final margin. Benkert had a game-high 18 points.
“The team did a good job of finding him (Benkert),” first-year CG coach Zach Hahn said of the comeback. “Mike was in position to catch the ball and then was able to jab and shoot.”
Upcoming games: Friday, Perry Meridian at Franklin Central, Center Grove at Whiteland; Saturday, Speedway at Greenwood, Greenwood Christian at Whiteland.